Tuesday, December 26, 2017

What Light by Jay Asher | Book Review

Reading Group: High School+

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopses: Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

Cover: The cover of this book just shows a girl in a hat hugging someone.  Originally I figured it was Sierra hugging Caleb, but why would she need a hat for her green chritsmas is California?

My Review: This book was the perfect thing to read this time of year because it completely revolved around Christmas.  Every year Sierra travels from Washington to California to sell Christmas trees from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, and so far it's been fine balancing her Washington friends with her California friends.  However, this time might be the last time her family opens the lot, and Sierra doesn't know how to feel giving up something that she has had her entire life.  Add in the fact that this is also the year she meets Caleb and Sierra has no choice but to make this year the most memorable one yet.  She learns that caring for the town outcast comes with its own set of hurdles, but nothing quite like spending time with someone when that time has an expiration date.  The two deal with discovering how they feel about each other why also avoiding the fact that they live in two different states.  Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but Sierra learns it can also be a time fo stress and confusion.  For Caleb, it's another time to feel guilty that his sister doesn't live with him and his mom year round.  Both Caleb and Sierra have things they are trying to deal with during this time, and even though it doesn't seem right to be starting something new, they find each other right when they need to.  Sierra teaches Caleb that he can move on from his past and that it doesn't define who he is today.  While Caleb reminds Sierra that sometimes people are worth obstacles like distance.
This book is completely different from Thirteen Reasons Why for so many reasons, so if that's what you're looking for from this author, it isn't what you're going to get.  This book is different but still great.  It was a light-hearted, happy story perfect for the holidays.     

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